Binge drinking as a teenager can damage the brain for LIFE: Alcohol triggers changes to the regions affecting memory and learning
· Alcohol exposure in adolescence can cause enduring abnormalities
· Can have detrimental effect on a person's memory and ability to learn
· And scientists warn binge drinking could also slow emotional maturity
By LIZZIE PARRY FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 02:03 EST, 28 April 2015 | UPDATED: 08:49 EST, 28 April 2015
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“The study, published April 27 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, provides new insights at the cellular level for how alcohol exposure during adolescence, before the brain is fully developed, can result in cellular and synaptic abnormalities that have enduring, detrimental effects on behavior.
"In the eyes of the law, once people reach the age of 18, they are considered adult, but the brain continues to mature and refine all the way into the mid-20s," said lead author Mary-Louise Risher, Ph.D., a post-doctoral researcher in the Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. "It's important for young people to know that when they drink heavily during this period of development, there could be changes occurring that have a lasting impact on memory and other cognitive functions.":